SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) The development of Downtown Syracuse shows no signs of slowing down, but one of the latest projects is putting a new spin on things.
Commonspace, a social living and social working company, is excited to announce the addition of three more buildings to its “neighborhood in a building” concept.
Co-Founder Troy Evans tells NewsChannel 9, “I think our play on it is a little different than the traditional high market rent apartment, so that’s kind of what we’re passionate about.”
The flagship Commonspace building, located at 201 E. Jefferson St, opened its doors three years ago in 2016 with widespread success.
Evans says shared amenities are central to Commonspace, “So shared chef’s kitchen, shared living room, shared game room, shared awesome rooftop deck, so the idea is you can be private when you want and public when you want.”
Through the years of Commonspace Jefferson’s growth and evolution, there has been a constant uptick in the need for thoughtfully designed, right-priced, and well-appointed urban living and working spaces.
Commonspace is responding to that need with the renovation of the Jefferson St. property and the expansion of the Commonspace campus to include half a city block.
When fully completed next year, the Commonspace campus will encompass four buildings in downtown Syracuse: One residential with a large event venue and three mixed use, with restaurant/retail on the ground floor, a variety of office space alternatives and apartments above.
Co-Founder Joe Sisko tells NewsChannel 9, “They’re all a little bit unique and different, and have their own special flavor to them.”
The old Masonic Temple on Montgomery Street in Syracuse is one of the buildings.
It includes a very unique private meeting space used by the Masons that will be used for a large apartment, unlike the other 30 apartments planned for the building.
The nearly century old building also has a large theater space, with a high ceiling and a second level balcony with 100 of the original seats still there, though in need of refurbishing.
“There we’re thinking anything from a TED talk to a concert to a big Halloween parties or Christmas parties,” Sisko says.
Evans adds, “We’re trying to connect all these buildings to make it this campus of a different way to live and work.”
The properties include: 201 E Jefferson St., 351 S. (Work opens October 2019, Live now Leasing), Warren St. (Work opens Jan 2020, Live opens Fall 2020), 349 S Warren St. (Work opens Jan 2020, Live opens Fall 2020), and 320 Montgomery St (Live now leasing).
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